World Premiere: BMW 8 Series Convertible
Scheduled for a first live showing in Los Angeles later this month, the BMW 8 Series Convertible made its internet debut today, via a generous set of pictures. The long awaited model joins the Coupe in the 8 Series range and the both of them will be joined by a 4-door version later on in the shape of the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe.
In terms of dimensions, the Convertible matches the Coupe almost exactly, measuring a length of 4,843 millimeters, width of 1,902 millimeters and height of 1,339 millimeters, plus a 2,822-millimeter wheelbase and track widths of 1,619 millimeters (front) and 1,642 millimeters (rear). The exterior and interior designs are also identical, with one small exception. The front seats of the drop top model feature neck warmers for those chilly nights when you might need them if you want to enjoy an open top experience despite the weather. Unfortunately, the neck warmers are an optional extra, which means you're gonna have to pay for them. What comes as standard is the wind deflector, which is the same old solution BMW implemented on its convertible since the 80s.
The 8 Series Convertible comes with a soft top, just like the 6 Series used to before it. The soft-top, which comes in black as standard but is available in Anthracite Silver effect as an option, opens and closes fully automatically in 15 seconds at up to 50 km/h (31 mph). When opened, the soft-top stows away under a cover whose surface structure and stitching match those of the instrument panel and interior door/side panel trim, and which features domes at the level of the rear seats.
Only two engine choices will be available at launch, the same choices as on the Coupe model. The M850i xDrive model has the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 under the hood, good for 530 HP and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque, sending the drop top model to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.9 seconds. The other model is the 840d xDrive, using a 3-liter straight six twin-turbo diesel engine good for 320 HP and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft) of torque, allowing the car to do the same sprint in 5.2 seconds.